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Early Christmas to Come for 1,000 Children and Families at First 5 LA/Children's Bureau Toy Giveaway

December 15, 2005
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What: First 5 LA and Children's Bureau Holiday Celebration where nearly 1,000 children and families from low-income families will receive an early visit from Santa at one of the largest holiday toy giveaways in LA.

When: Saturday, December 17, 2005. Lunch served at noon, Santa's visit 2-2:30 p.m. with holiday fun activities noon-3 p.m.

Where: Alexandria Elementary School, 4211 Oakwood Ave., LA, CA 90004

Who: First 5 LA has provided grants totaling $4.2 million to Children's Bureau, a 100-year-old non-profit organization that assists parents in raising healthy children and offers an array of services to strengthen families and communities. Programs focus on parents and children through age 12 and include in-home and center-based counseling, child/parent development, health screening and education, school readiness/early literacy, tutoring and reading programs; and community resource referrals. Each year, Children's Bureau serves more than 12,000 children and their families throughout Southern California.

Children's Bureau works collaboratively with many partners including Alexandria Avenue Elementary School and Early Education Center, The Early Advantage Program from the LA County Office of Education, and the Wilshire Branch of the Los Angles Public Library.

Participating in the Holiday Celebration will be Christina Ortega-Libatique from the office of LA City Councilmember Eric Garcetti and First 5 LA Commissioners Jonathan Fielding, Director of Public Health for LA County, and Harriette Williams, appointed by the Commission for Children and Families.

Co-Sponsors include Robert Deleon, Rick Orlando DeLeon, Rosario A Perez-Ritchie, LA Pizza, Henry Bollinger and Associates, Southbay Center for Counseling and Kentucky Fried Chicken.